Art By: Kenneth Rocafort
Colours By: Sunny Gho of IFS
Carin Taylor, aka Velocity from Cyberforce, was once an underprivileged and damaged child but today, long after Cyberdata had gotten their hands on her and turned her into an over-paced (mentally and physically) hero, she is on the taking end of a whole other kind of damage. One much more permanent – Death.
Decoys Part 1 of 4, which was released back in 2010, marked the long-awaited release of a new Velocity comic, however short the run may have been. It brought forth the humour, snarkiness, and bad ass in her personality like none I have read before and truly captured the powerful essence that is Velocity. I have never enjoyed her character as much as I did reading this first issue. So, I can’t imagine how much better Marz’s take on this story can get over these last three issues, but, I’m pretty damn excited to find out!
Now, let’s discuss our villain. Doctor Paine, one of the scientists who worked for Cyberdata and played the test dummy for their first batch of crazy. This, of course, left him a heaping pulp of flesh and goo. Seeing Velocity and her other friends reap the rewards for his efforts is painstaking and to allow it to continue is shaming – they all must rot. This back story for him, however messed up and harsh intentioned on his part, really made me feel for the guy. What evil genius wouldn’t be pissed to see the good guy succeed through all his hard work – whose to say he wouldn’t have tried to become a hero himself! This poor fella. None the less though, he needs to learn to deal with his self esteem issues better. Killing innocent, super powered folk isn’t normally the best path to follow.
Portraying these two highly unique characters is Kenneth Rocafort and he aims to take your breathe away. Movement in comics is hard to show, a lot of the time characters seem motionless and stale. Thankfully, this cannot be said about Velocity #1. Rocafort uses visible lines to his advantage and creates clear focal points and movements, all of which blend smoothly and don’t take away from the writing. His panel work is inspiring and extremely eye-catching. He uses bold shapes and obscure patterns that really enhance the quick pace Velocity represents.
8 Mach-7 speed laps around the world out of 10.
You can find this issue here for free on Graphic.ly, Enjoy.
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